Quirky Containers for Kids with Green Thumbs

Today’s post is by guest blogger, Stacy Tornio, the author of Project Garden–this month’s featured giveaway.

Containers are a great choice for any new gardener, and they’re especially good for kids. You can grow just about anything in containers…veggies, annuals, perennials, succulents. You name it, and there’s a container somewhere that can accommodate it. One of my favorite things to do with kids is give them an atypical object to use as a container. My kids and I will hit a local rummage sales or thrift stores, looking for the perfect unique object for our next container. Boots (above) are one of our top picks. But here are a few more of our top ideas to look for and try for yourself. Good luck!

1. Boots or shoes. Find an old pair and plant succulents.

2. Teapots. An old teapot with the lid off is whimsical and fun.

3. Baskets. You might have to line with something so the soil doesn’t come out, but they make beautiful “hanging baskets.”

4. Pans, bowls or other dishes.
Be sure to pick one deep enough, but an old pan that you don’t need anymore is a good addition for the garden, too.

Just a couple of notes for success on containers… buy a good soil, remember to add drainage holes and don’t forget to water! (That’s probably the #1 reason containers fail.) For these type of containers, annuals are going to do best. Pansies and petunias are especially good choices.

Look for more container and kid-friendly projects in Project Garden.


  1. We started out doing this out of necessity, then the children’s imaginations just took off, and they came up with wonderful Ideas for containers. Thank you for this- any ideas to get children out in the garden are great!

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